THE MURAKA - THE WORLD'S FIRST UNDERWATER VILLA…
When you think of the Maldives your thoughts immediately turn to white sands, turquoise seas and of course the overwater bungalows. A luxury destination favoured by honeymooners The Maldives has long been associated as a bucket list destination.
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is perhaps one of the most famous of the resorts within the archipelago primarily because of it is home to the world's first undersea restaurant, Ithaa which is located 16feet below sea level, well the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is taking this trend submersible further with the launch of what is believed to be the world’s first underwater sea residence.
Aptly named THE MURAKA or coral in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives, the undersea residence promises to give guests an intimate and immersive experience of one of the Earth's most breath-taking marine environments. Muraka will be designed to blend into its environment, giving guests' unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean at every turn. With vibrant colours and a diverse array of marine life all around, Muraka's residents will be able to sleep alongside the wonders of the abundant and colourful marine life that inhabit the sea.
The undersea residence will be a two-level structure comprised of space above the sea level and an undersea suite designed for sleeping under the ocean's surface. The undersea suite will feature a king size bedroom, living area, bathroom and spiral staircase that leads to the upper level living room. The undersea bedroom floor level sits five meters (16.4 feet) below sea level will provide uninterrupted views of the surrounding marine environment. With the adoption of state-of-the-art technology, Muraka's distinct design is akin to Ithaa's with the curved acrylic dome, which boasts 180-degree panoramic views of the wonders of the Indian Ocean's intricate marine life.
Muraka's upper level will features a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler's quarters, private security quarters, integrated living room, kitchen, bar and dining, which features a deck that purposely faces the direction of the sunset for optimal viewing pleasure. On the opposite side of the villa sits the relaxation deck that faces the direction of sunrise and is complete with an infinity swimming pool. The upper level also contains an additional king size bedroom and bathroom, which boasts a masterfully appointed ocean-facing bathtub, ideal for soaking in views of the endless horizon. In total, Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests.
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Article published in Luxury Living Magazine - Images provided courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island